Experiments: September 2018


  1. No YouTube watching on the phone except the odd one inside another page (incidental and some value expectation)
  2. Meditation at least 10 minutes a day
  3. Audiobooks instead of podcasts


Removing YouTube could be a little withdrawal-y but it has to happen. Already (1 day in!) I wonder if I will “make up” for it by just watching more on my computer but I’ll be keeping an eye on that.

Results and observations

No YouTube has definitely been an improvement, however, it has highlighted that I need to cut down more on general phone time-wasting which for me is predominantly pointless posts on reddit, mostly pointless articles on tech sites such as The Verge, ArsTechnica and Daring Fireball and semi-pointless articles via Hacker News. The screen time app that comes with iOS now looks super useful around tracking my progress in this regard.

Meditation for 10 minutes has been a great start and I have worked it into my going-to-bed routine. 15 minutes or more might be the sweet spot though so I will continue with that amount of time.

Audiobooks feel more worthwhile than podcasts as the concepts therein stick around as opposed to hardly at all with podcasts. Podcasts = entertainment. Audiobooks = potential learnings. Need to make sure I am not overly backgrounding the Audiobooks though.

Audiobooks listened to

  • Extreme Ownership (some great high level insights on effective leadership
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (shows the fragility of the human mind)
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far: Why Are We Here? (the complete story of particle physics - maybe a little hard to follow in audio)
  • Fry’s English Delight (Series 1) (for lovers of the English word)
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